Canada Day Quiz 

70 questions for Canadians


1. Canada’s name is derived from the word “Kanata.” What does that word mean?

2. In 1759 the British, led by General Wolfe, defeated the French, led by General Montcalm, in battle on the Plains of Abraham. Which general celebrated?

3. Mount Garibaldi was named on July 4 1860 for the 19 th century Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi (who was born on July 4, 1807) by the British naval officer G.H. Richards as he surveyed Howe Sound. What did the Squamish Nation call the peak?

4. How much older is Canada than Australia?

5. Who was looking for a navigable water route to the Pacific when he decided to go west of the Rockies in 1885?

6. When did the Canadian government impose the so-called head tax on Chinese immigrants?

7. Name one of the two men who were awarded Canada’s first Nobel prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1923.

8. In 1928 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the BNA Act does not define women as “persons” and they are therefore not eligible to hold public office. When were women legally declared “persons” in Canada?

9. Who was the first U.S. president to make an official visit to Canada?

10. What was the name of the special spy training and communications facility in Ontario used by the Allies during World War II?

11. What future Canadian Prime Minister is responsible for easing tensions during the Suez Crisis of 1956 by proposing peacekeeping efforts and the inception of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force?

12. Canada was the third country in the world after Russia and the United States to design and build its own satellite. What was the first Canadian research satellite called and when was it launched into space.

13. What was Pierre Elliott Trudeau referring to when he said to a CBC TV reporter “Just watch me”?

14. Charles Tupper holds the dubious distinction as the shortest-serving prime minister. He was in office from May 1 1896 to July 11 1896 serving a grand total of two months and 10 days. He beat out John Turner by a week. But Tupper and Turner served as PM only after their predecessors resigned. Who was the shortest-serving Prime Minister who was actually elected to the post?

15. In 1980 “O Canada” was proclaimed Canada’s national anthem. What song, written by Alexander Muir, was regarded the national song of Canada for several decades before that?


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